Northern Iowa Student Government

Panther Kick-Off

By: Carl Reitz on Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:44

Hello Panthers!

The first day of the 2014-15 school year is less than a week away! As you're moving in and getting settled, remember to check out all of the Welcome Week activities scheduled to begin Thursday, Aug. 21.

A new tradition is being started this year with the Panther Kick-Off. All first-year and new transfer students are invited to the Kick-Off on Sunday, Aug. 24. On-campus students should meet in your residence hall; off-campus students should meet in the Wellness/Recreation Center (by Outdoor Rec) at 4:30 p.m. to pick up your free t-shirt and walk over to the McLeod Center. At the Panther Kick-Off you'll meet President Ruud, learn the UNI Fight Song and Interlude Dance, and be a part of the entering class photo. Visit the Welcome Week website for the full list of events.

This school year, Paul and I are pushing to expand an initiative known as "Panther Fridays" on campus. On Fridays, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear purple as a campus-wide showing of school pride. I want high school students to be blown away by a sea of purple as they visit campus. We want this sight to make an impact on the college decision-making process. As students, you'll be able to win prizes and gifts if Paul and I catch you wearing a special purple item each Friday. Whether its a shirt supporting Panther football or purple socks, you'll be able to find clues hinting at the special purple item on Facebook and Twitter ("Northern Iowa Student Government" and @NISG). You can expect to see a big social media push this fall about #PantherFridays and I encourage you to take part!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns I encourage you to reach out to me via email ( or office phone (319-273-2651).

See you all soon!

Kevin Gartman

Student Body President, Northern Iowa Student Governmen